All too often government lacks the skill, the will, and the
wallet to meet its missions. Schools fall short of the mark while
roads and bridges fall into disrepair. Health care costs too much
and delivers too little. Budgets bleed red ink as the cost of
services citizens want outstrips the taxes they are willing to pay.
"Collaborative Governance" is the first book to offer solutions by
demonstrating how government at every level can engage the private
sector to overcome seemingly insurmountable problems and achieve
public goals more effectively.
John Donahue and Richard Zeckhauser show how the public sector
can harness private expertise to bolster productivity, capture
information, and augment resources. The authors explain how private
engagement in public missions--rightly structured and skillfully
managed--is not so much an alternative to government as the way
smart government ought to operate. The key is to carefully and
strategically grant discretion to private entities, whether
for-profit or nonprofit, in ways that simultaneously motivate and
empower them to create public value. Drawing on a host of
real-world examples-including charter schools, job training, and
the resurrection of New York's Central Park--they show how, when,
and why collaboration works, and also under what circumstances it
"Collaborative Governance" reveals how the collaborative
approach can be used to tap the resourcefulness and
entrepreneurship of the private sector, and improvise fresh,
flexible solutions to today's most pressing public challenges.
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